CAMP ETHAN ALLEN, Vt. - New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Dorvee, a combat veteran and a Queensbury, N.Y., resident, has won top honors in the northeast region Best Warrior Competition held here, May 13-16.
Dorvee took first place in the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year category.
New York Army National Guard Spc. Caleb Longley, from Pulaski, N.Y., represented New York in the enlisted Soldier category of the competition.
National Guard Soldiers from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine took part in the competition hosted by the Vermont Army National Guard.
The competition tested the Soldiers in a wide range of skills, including marksmanship, physical fitness, endurance, military knowledge and land navigation. Soldiers scored points in each event, and the highest scores decided the winners.
Dorvee will now compete to be the top NCO in the 350,000-member Army National Guard during a competition in July.
The winners in that event will then compete against NCOs from the Active Army and the Army Reserve to be the best NCO in the entire Army.
"Staff Sgt. Jeff Dorvee is an exceptional Soldier, and all of us in the New York Army National Guard are proud of his victory in this very demanding event," said New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks.
"This event pits the best junior enlisted Soldiers and Non-Commissioned Officers in the Army National Guard against each other and just getting to compete is an honor," Wicks said.
The sergeants major of each state in the region run and judge the event.
Soldiers in the competition are nominated by their leaders and then compete within their units to enter the state competition. The winners of the state Best Warrior Competition then go onto compete at the regional level.
Dorvee, is a full-time Active Guard and Reserve Soldier assigned to the 1427th Truck Company in Queensbury.
A native of Glens Falls, N.Y., Dorvee joined the Army in 2003 and served with several active component and New Army National Guard infantry units.
He served two tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, was awarded the Purple Heart, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals with campaign stars, two Army Commendation Medals and two Army Achievement Medals, among his other awards.
Dorvee and his wife Shannon have two children.